When Vision Becomes Policy: do alternative headline indicators lead to change? Friday, 10 June 2016 at 16:00 | NEF

When Vision Becomes Policy: do alternative headline indicators lead to change? Friday, 10 June 2016 at 16:00 | NEF

When Vision Becomes Policy: do alternative headline indicators lead to change? Experiences from Bhutan and Ecuador Friday 10 June, 16:00 – 17:30, followed by drinks reception New Economics Foundation, 10 Salamanca Place, London SE1 7HB  Join us for this exciting discussion with Dr. Saamdu Chetri (Director of the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan), Professor Sarah Radcliffe (geographer at the University of Cambridge and leading expert on the Ecuadorian concept of Buen Vivir), Saamah Abdallah (Senior Researcher and Programme Manager at NEF) with further speakers yet to confirm.   The idea that GDP is a broken measure of progress is not new.  There have been plenty of suggestions for new measures, built around alternative visions of what it means for a country to be doing well, from the OECD’s Better Life Index to NEF’s own Happy Planet Index.  But do new measures lead to new policies?  Sceptics may feel that it’s all a waste of time, and that one should focus directly on the policy changes you want to see.  Or even worse, that alternative measures are a distraction and potentially a way to hide real issues.  In Bhutan, however, where progress is defined in terms of Gross National Happiness, it seems that a new vision can help lead to different policies.    Register now. Space is limited   NEF’s Saamah Abdallah will set the scene, with a trailer for the forthcoming 2016 Happy Planet Index, which will be published in July. The GNH Centre’s Director Dr. Saamdu Chetri will outline how GNH has indeed contributed to the policy debate and possibly led to decisions which a focus on GDP would not have produced, including questioning one of the key tenets of mainstream development theory – the importance of free trade. Professor Sarah Radcliffe, geographer at the University of Cambridge, will explore the experience of Ecuador, where the concept of Buen Vivir has been written into the constitution since 2008.  What has it meant for the transformative policy decisions in the country, which has seen some of the fastest reductions in inequality in Latin America? Finally, a political representative (to be confirmed) will consider how the experiences from Bhutan and Ecuador offer lessons for us here in the UK. The event will highlight that terms such as happiness and wellbeing are not just ‘nice and fluffy’ ideas, but can be part of a serious transformative policy agenda. As well as considering the Bhutanese experience, we will also be hearing about the concept of Buen Vivir (meaning ‘living well’) has influenced policy in Ecuador.  Register now to avoid disappointment

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